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After all the inconclusive hearings on the federal level, Los Angeles County has actually done something about Japanese Americans victimized during World War II. It has passed an ordinance, based on a new state law, paying $1,250 a year for four years to about two dozen surviving former employees who were forced out of their county jobs 40 years ago.

It's not the stipend that makes the episode important. It's the recognition of wrong done and the gesture of reparations. Thousands of Japanese Americans interned at the same time are awaiting a similar gesture from their county.

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